Team Leader - Giving Corncrake a Home

Tuesday 24 October 2017
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Internships, Letter writing and campaigning
Northern Ireland Headquarters

What we're looking for

Do you want to be able to say 'I helped bring the Corncrake back to Northern Ireland' Do you want to get experience in leading a team and organizing work parties? This is a great chance to really make a difference. The corncrake was once an iconic bird across Northern Ireland. People have fond memories of listening to its loud and distinctive crex-crex call on a summers evening. Sadly, over the last century their numbers have dropped dramatically and they are no longer a familiar sound of the countryside. The RSPB is working hard to turn the fortunes of this species around, but we need your help. We're creating large areas of corncrake cover on Rathlin Island in an effort to attract these enigmatic birds back to breed. This project involves digging up nettles rhizomes from pre arranged areas in Northern Ireland ready for them to be transported to Rathlin for replanting in late winter.

The skills you need

We need an enthusiastic and organized person to co-ordinate and lead the volunteer work parties. Giving Corncrake a Home work parties will take place from December 2017 to March 2018 To work as part of the conservation team and learn more about this charismatic bird and the work we are doing to help it. The opportunity to get outdoors, do some manual labour and get some exercise in a beautiful environment. This is an excellent role for both groups and individuals to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation. You will gain a valuable insight into the workings of Europe's largest conservation charity. Enthusiasm and a reasonable level of fitness is essential and you must enjoy working in a team. Able to manage working outdoors on uneven ground with little or no shelter in a remote location for the day.

Your time

One half day per week
November - March

What's in it for you?

Volunteering with the RSPB is a great way to meet new like-minded people, learn more about nature, gain experience in conservation, and have lots of fun in the process! Gain experience in organising and leading a team of volunteers both prior to and on the day of the work party, through working with the project lead at NIHQ

How to apply


Colin Graham, Northern Ireland Headquarters
Tel: 028 9049 1547


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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